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Ali Haider Gilani reunites with family

LAHORE: Ali Haider Gilani, son of former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has reunite after being recovered from abduction after almost three years, TheNewsTribe.com reported.

Ali Gilani while talking to media at Afghan airbase, thanked US and Afghan forces for keeping him with care despite being him a foreigner.

“I oblige efforts of Afghan and US forces, they recovered me from terrorists, provided me with food and medicine and kept me with care.”

Emotional scenes were observed at Allama Iqbal airport when Ali Gilani, reunited with his family after three-year long captivity.

The Afghan defense minister handed over Ali Haider to the Pakistan ambassador in Kabul Abrar Hussain at 10 am, the Pakistan foreign office said. They were taken to the Airport by a helicopter for onward travel to Lahore Geo News reported.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s office said Afghan security forces defeated an Al Qaeda cell in a joint operation with international forces, and suggested that the discovery of Gilani may have been accidental, Reuters reported.

“During this anti-insurgency operation, Ali Haider Gilani…was identified at the site of the operation, and was freed from terrorists,” a spokesperson said.

The news was first broken by Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari in a tweet.

Former PM Yousuf Raza was on his way to a Pakistan People’s Party rally at Bagh Azad Kashmir on Tuesday when he received a phone call from the Afghan foreign office. He then talked to his son. “I talked to my son while I was on my way,” said Gilani, addressing the rally.